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100 Ideas that Changed the Web by Jim Boulton

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‘A map to the buried treasures of the Information Age’

IDEA No 22

WEB BROWSER

At the end of 1992 there were 50 websites in the world. Five years later there were a million. The reason for this rapid growth was the web browser.

The Mosaic browser, the world’s first cross-platform point-and-click browser.

When Tim Berners-Lee created the first webpage, he also created the first web browser (see The Project). He called it WorldWideWeb, later renaming it the Nexus browser. The crucial point about his browser was that it was a browsereditor. Not only did it allow visitors from the local server to view a page, but also it allowed them to edit it. This ...

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